Isaiah Thomas’ hot start to the season is no surprise, considering he was one of the Kings’ best players in the preseason.

That made the decision to start Greivis Vasquez, who admittedly is still finding his way back from offseason ankle surgery, at point guard on Friday night a tricky one. But coach Michael Malone stuck with the plan to start Vasquez against the Detroit Pistons at Sleep Train Arena.

“Isaiah played terrific in the preseason, and if you look at it just head-to-head, he was a better player in the preseason than Greivis Vasquez,” Malone said. “I just felt for our team, for Greivis’ confidence, (it was best) to get him going while he’s still loose and let Isaiah come in and be that sparkplug off the bench and give us that much-needed lift, as he’s done.”

Thomas scored in double figures in the first seven games entering Friday. That matched Spud Webb for the third-longest streak by a Kings reserve to start the season.